Did you know there are more than seven chakras?
The seven chakra system is the most commonly studied one, which is why you only hear about these seven major energy centers.
However, many yogis believe more energetic vortexes exist, with theories ranging from 12 to 114 chakras!
While there isn’t enough available knowledge to determine these beliefs, one additional chakra we are learning more and more about is the 8th chakra, known as the soul star chakra.
So if like me, you have a passion for everything chakra related, you’ll love this article.
Ready to discover the wonders of the 8th chakra and learn how to unlock it? Read on.
- 1 Introduction To The 8th Chakra
- 2 What Does The 8th Chakra Represent?
- 3 What Does It Feel Like When The 8th Chakra Is Open?
- 4 How To Open The 8th Chakra
- 5 FAQs About The Chakra System
- 6 Final Thoughts On The 8th Chakra
Introduction To The 8th Chakra
The 8th chakra is known as the soul star chakra, star chakra, or Vyapini in Sanskrit. It is believed to be located directly above the crown chakra. As we cannot see or visually detect the chakras, their exact distance from the human body is unknown. But it is estimated to be around one foot from the top of the head.
Each chakra has a specific frequency and color associated with it. The higher the chakra, the higher the frequency. The soul star’s frequency is 1074 Hz, and its associated color is believed to be white, like the crown chakra.
In Kundalini yoga, the eighth chakra is recognized as the aura (the electromagnetic field surrounding our bodies) rather than as an energy center above our heads.
What Does The 8th Chakra Represent?
The soul star and all the chakras located from the head upward are known as the most spiritual chakras. This is because they represent spiritual connection and transcending to a higher consciousness, and each one gives a deeper level of spiritual energy.
The soul star chakra can be seen as the gateway to the divine and our higher self, evoking deeper spiritual awareness than the crown chakra. It connects us to other dimensions and allows us to access our past-life regressions, Akashic Records and Shadow Records.
When we can access and heal the trauma we experienced in our past lives, we clear all karmic residue. This allows us to drop the unconscious illusions, limiting beliefs, and self-sabotaging behaviors that kept us from our higher self and the divine love that follows.
The 8th chakra is also related to psychic powers, mediumship, and shamanic energy healing. Furthermore, the soul star chakra is often referred to as the seat of divine love, believed to promote spiritual compassion and spiritual selflessness.
What Does It Feel Like When The 8th Chakra Is Open?
You gain a new level of spiritual perception when you open this chakra. Until this point, you may see yourself as a physical body with an earth-bound personality. However, this chakra opens us up to the truth that we are an immortal soul, and our physical body is just a temporary vehicle for this life. This realization increases our capacity for deep compassion and unconditional love for all beings.
Thus, the eighth chakra allows us to experience the spiritual dualism of life on earth. We fully realize there is no separation between beings, only oneness, as all beings share the same universal consciousness.
Moreover, when the 8th chakra is open, you’ll clearly understand what your soul’s purpose (or dharma) for this lifetime is. In order words, you’ll know exactly where you are in this specific incarnation. This clarity comes through releasing the egoic self and all its limitations and connecting with the higher self.
How To Open The 8th Chakra
The higher chakras are believed to be the most difficult to open, as you have to work your way up the system. Thus, you must ensure there is clear energy flowing through the seven major chakras before activating the 8th chakra.
We can work to open this chakra by doing practices that increase our spiritual awareness and spiritual wisdom. Below are some methods that may help.
If you are new to working with the chakras and don’t already have an established spiritual practice, seek an energy healer who can guide you.
Guided visualization meditations are a powerful way to activate the energy of a particular chakra. Visualization techniques allow you to connect with your spiritual body and its subtle energy.
Check out this short Guided Eighth Chakra Meditation. Along with moving your awareness to the energy centers, it features a visualization to meet your higher self and ask it for guidance to advance in your spiritual journey.
Before you begin any meditation practice, take some time to get into a comfortable seated position and connect to the present moment. Take at least a few deep breaths and ensure your spine is straight before beginning.
Like with all chakras, you can use specific affirmations to activate the subtle energy of the 8th chakra. Here are a few examples.
- I trust my intuition
- I open myself to divine love
- I am connected to the cosmic energies
- I am free of karmic residue
- I am aligned with my soul’s purpose
- I am connected to my higher self and personal power
- I am free from the illusions of my ego
- I am one with the universe and connected to the heart of Mother Earth
I recommend following this guided Soul Star Affirmation Meditation on Insight Timer. It lasts one hour, so you can play it in the background while working, cooking, cleaning, etc. Hearing affirmations on repeat like this is the most effective way to access the subconscious mind.
If you’re familiar with chakra cleansing practices, you’ll already know that crystals hold potent qualities. Working with certain crystals can help us tap into the qualities of an energy center and improve the energy flow there.
Many of the crystals that benefit crown chakra cleansing also work for the eighth chakra, such as:
- Amethyst – Known as one of the most spiritual crystals, Amethyst promotes spiritual wisdom and connection to divine energy and higher states of consciousness.
- Clear Quartz – This translucent gemstone promotes spiritual growth and has the power to clear our energetic blockages. When used with other crystals, Quartz can magnify their qualities.
- Selenite – This clear-colored stone promotes peace, calm, and healing and clears the higher chakras of blockages or stagnation. It can also draw out any negative energy from your aura to facilitate connection to higher realms.
- Indigo Kyanite – This unique and relatively rare crystal combines the intuition of the violet ray with the trust of the pure blue ray. It is linked to universal truth and spiritual mastery and is even said to facilitate states of lucid dreaming and astral travel.
You can work with these crystals in various ways. The most common methods are to:
- Hold them while meditating – Choose smooth, rounded, and polished crystals like this Amethyst Palm Stone.
- Wear them around your neck like with this Natural Selenate Pendant.
- Keep them on your bedside table – Clusters or crystal lamps like this one by Himalayan Glow are an excellent choice.
- Use them during an energy healing session like Reiki – For example, this Amethyst Healing Crystal Wand can direct the stone’s energy to certain parts of your body.
With sound healing, you listen to music tuned to a specific Solfeggio frequency. So, as the 8th chakra has a frequency of 1074 Hz, you can listen to music tuned to this.
This 1-hour 1074 Hz 8th Chakra Activation is ideal. Whether you use it while meditating or while laying in bed at night, it will help to activate the eighth chakra and clear out any blockages present. I recommend listening to it using headphones for optimum effectiveness.
Integrated Energy Therapy (IET)
Certain types of energy healing, such as Integrated Energy Therapy (IET), can also help activate the soul star chakra. IET is an attunement-based energy healing practice that uses a violet angelic ray to clear physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual blockages.
IET is believed to help practitioners release thought patterns, habits, and unexpressed feelings, as well as clear energetic blockages and karmic residue from past lives. The attunement raises your vibration, so you feel more connected to your intuition and soul’s contract.
FAQs About The Chakra System
What Is The 12 Chakra System?
The 12-chakra system includes the first seven chakras that run from the space of the spine to the crown of the head, plus five additional energy centers, including the soul star chakra, located outside the human body.
There are a few different theories about the order of the 12 chakras. However, one common interpretation is as follows:
- Root Chakra
- Sacral Chakra
- Solar Plexus Chakra
- Heart Chakra
- Throat Chakra
- Third Eye Chakra
- Crown Chakra
- Soul Star Chakra
- Universal Chakra
- Earth Star Chakra
- Galactic Chakra
- Divine Gateway Chakra
Note that the Earth Star chakra is said to be located below the root chakra. Chakras 9 to 12 are located off the body above the crown chakra in one line (all directly above each other).
If you’re interested in learning more about these 5 additional chakras, I recommend reading The Complete Guide to Chakras by April Pfender, which goes much deeper into the 12-chakra system.
What Are The 114 Chakras?
Unfortunately, there is no knowledge of what the 114 chakras are called. However, they are believed to consist of the 7 major chakras we already know about, 21 minor chakras, and 86 micro chakras. According to this theory, 112 reside within the physical body, while only 2 are outside.
While the seven major chakras are located along the spine and in the head, the minor ones are in other body parts, such as the hands, knees, legs, elbows, tongue, shoulders, eyes, ears, and nose. However, they are not all active simultaneously; some are prominent, while others lie dormant.
Final Thoughts On The 8th Chakra
While the soul star chakra is much lesser known than the seven major chakras, it is an equally important energy center. By activating the soul star, you’ll not only increase your spiritual connection, but you can heal from past life traumas and release the ego’s restraints. Moreover, this chakra allows us to fully realize and deeper align with our soul’s purpose.